On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War ended; this was World War 1. Then the day was known as Armistice Day. For many years it did not change until June 1, 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day.
This is more than a holiday from a day off of work, to fly the flag and go in harm’s way. Thousands never came back, they died in combat; many, we never found their remains, and many are entombed in their ships, airplanes and other machines of war beyond our reach to give them a proper burial. Many returning veterans came home without arms, legs, hands and feet. Many were left too shocked to function with limited mental capacities.
This Veterans Day, fly the flag and thank a veteran, thank him for his service. Because the cost of our freedom was paid for in blood, from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the two Persian Gulf wars and now in Afghanistan. Our men and women have to fight an enemy that does not respect the rules of war through the Geneva Conventions, much less human life. An enemy that kills in the name of their God and wishes to return in time to a society dating the 12th century. That is why this Veterans Day, we honor our dead, we honor and take care of our wounded veterans, and we thank our veterans in uniform and send them out with a heartfelt message. Good luck, Godspeed and good hunting.